Charity's 15th century shop undergoes refurbishment
PUBLISHED: 16:35 08 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:35 08 February 2016
Ellenors shop in Dartford town centre underwent works
A Dartford charity shop has undergone refurbishment works to its 15th century building.
The shop, on the High Street, raises funds for Ellenor, a charity dedicated to providing support to people and families suffering with terminal illnesses.
Now the Grade II listed building, which dates back to the 15th century, and boasts Dartford’s only example of 16th century timber framed town house, has undergone refurbishment, to help bring in the £6.7million a year the charity needs to operate.
Last year the charity’s 16 retail branches across Kent collected a total of £1.5million.
The High Street branch has been run by the charity for the past 25 years.
The charity is the only one in the county which provides hospice care for all ages from babies to the elderly.
Ellenor’s head of retail, Tim Stewart, said: “We are thrilled with the new look of the shop and have worked hard to ensure that historically significant features have been retained and highlighted in the refurbishment.
“It was very important to us to maintain these key features in one of the oldest buildings in Dartford.
“We have been able to modernise the shop and at the same time retain the ‘olde worlde’ look and charm of the building.”
During its time on the high street the building has been used as an undertakers, upholsterers and auctioneers amongst other things, but much of its original character, including a flint wall and original support beams, still visible today.
The shop was reopened to the public on February 1 and is home to some of the charity’s 260 volunteer staff across the county.